“If legislation to protect animals is to be effective, it must be adequately enforced.”
Richard Martin MP, 1822 - co-founder of the RSPCA
There will be a debate in the House of Commons on Tuesday, 29 January about the RSPCA and our right to bring forward private prosecutions.
The RSPCA undertakes most of the work in England and Wales to investigate and enforce laws to protect animals from cruelty. From severe neglect to deliberate and sustained animal abuse, where there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest, the RSPCA will seek justice for animals who have suffered at the hands of their abusers. If the RSPCA did not do this work, it would not happen and those who harm animals would go unchallenged.
This debate, sponsored by Simon Hart MP (ex-chief executive of pro-hunting lobby group the ‘Countryside Alliance’) is the latest attack in a campaign to undermine the RSPCA which has resulted in recent misleading and inaccurate media coverage, now the subject of a press complaints commission complaint. The attempt to discredit our name has been prompted by the recent successful prosecution of the Heythrop Hunt for breaking the law on hunting with hounds, which predictably upset those seeking repeal of the Hunting Act.
Take action now! Email your MP urging them to show their support for RSPCA prosecutions against animal abuse.
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